HIROSHIMA by John Hersey


On August 6, 1945 , Hiroshima, Japan was destroyed by the first direct hit of an atomic bomb on a city.  Hersey tells what happened that day.

“Told through the memories of survivors, this timeless, powerful and compassionate document, has become a classic that stirs the conscience of humanity.” ( The New York Times)

This manuscript was written to be published in four consecutive publication of THE NEW YORKER  but there was such overwhelming interest  that the magazine published it all in one issue.  It is hard for people today  to realize  how slow and cumbersome the news was during this period of history with our ongoing 24/7 news available  on cable news.

In light of North Korea and the Hawaiian false alarm, this book is sadly topical today. I think that teens would benefit from reading his book of only 150 pages. It is written in  the style of narrative non-fiction which reads like fiction and story but based on facts of nonfiction.

I remember learning in school that though terrible, the bombs dropped ended the war ans saved lives in the long run.  It seems that this is another part of history told  favorably  by  the victors.

War, though sometimes necessary ,  should be used only as a last resort, I think.  Through all the wars  in history, the average people are the ones who suffer the most and they seem to have the least to say about getting into the conflict or not.

About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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3 Responses to HIROSHIMA by John Hersey

  1. I think war should be banned completely, Anne. So many people living today have never known a time when there was at least a semblance of peace. Quite personally, I think the leaders of whatever country wants to go to war should be given their choice of weapons and just let them fight it out in whatever way they decide. Make them do this for a year or two and see if they are still so set in having them! Or, if there must still be war. make it for a reason other than greed.

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    • annetbell says:

      Hey Angie! Good to hear from you. As we know , the root of all evil is the love of money! Greed sums it up. I think that love of money and craving for power pretty well sums it up too. We see it over and over, year after year. So sad! Hugs!

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      • Greed is the operative word here, Anne. It just never seems to end now, but I still hope and pray for a better world. I don’t think I’ll live long enough to see it, but maybe my grandkids….
        I’ve had money and I’ve lived in poverty, and of the two I prefer the just under the middle. Hated having money so most of it was given away to people who needed it. All I really need is what I already have, so the extra might as well go to help those who need it. I figure the banks will eventually get whatever is left over, and the bankers already have more than they need. I hope that doesn’t sound horrible, but I just prefer not having it. You know who your real friends are when money is out of the equation. Huts.

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